CORVALLIS - Martin Dale Montoya has been appointed interim coordinator of Oregon State University's Casa Educacional Education Office.

Montoya, who is working on a doctoral degree in sociology, has taught undergraduate sociology coursework at regional colleges and universities since 1995.

The Casa Educacional Office is one of four academic support offices located in OSU's Minority Education Office. As interim coordinator, Montoya will direct efforts to increase Latino student success at OSU by providing students with a support system and advocacy services. He will also work with recruitment of Latino students to the university.

Duties will include making referrals to academic departments and assisting students with identifying financial resources and personal support systems.

Montoya has a bachelor's degree in Chicano studies and a master's in sociology. In 1995 he served as initial executive director of the Multi-Cultural Assistance Program in Corvallis. His efforts earned him the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Community Service Award for "meritorious service to the farm work community and cultural diversity."

A search for a permanent coordinator for Casa Educacional will begin by March 2001. Details about the search are available on the World Wide Web.

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Dale Montoya, 541-737-9031